Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Finest Hours Movie Set

In February of 1952, a tanker called the Pendleton split in half in bad weather off of Chatham, MA. 32 of 33 people were rescued during this huge storm. There is a new film coming out in April of 2016 called The Finest Hours staring Casey Afleck.

I cannot say that I have seen any of the movie stars, but the town has been buzzing with movie production for the past couple weeks. Bobby and I finally went down to Stage Harbor today to see some of the "props". Various parts of town have been "snowed on". I touched the snow on the cars today. It was like a thick cottony foam. Very realistic looking! There was a lot of ice on the ground for the ground snow. This is an 85 million dollar Disney film. It is amazing that Disney could pay for the crappy weather we have had for the last week. Haha, I actually bet they saved money by not having to make it rain since Mother Nature took care of that herself. They could not have asked for a more stormy week to film!

I cannot wait to see my town on the big screen and pick out the extras/townies who were cast in it!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2 Years

Two years ago, one of B's best friends died from cancer. Brad was an awesome kid. Smart, funny and athletic. His favorite color was orange.

I cannot tell you all the orange I noticed today.

It started with the sunrise while driving B to swim practice.

Then it was an orange Ernie shirt on a Kindergartner. An orange scarf on a teacher. An orange headband on a 2nd grader. And so on...

Maybe it was a coincidence, but I like to think it was Brad sending a message. Like, "I know you are thinking of me. I'm still near you. I look out for you, I just thought I would send you some orange today so you would know I am close by."

xoxo Brad

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

B is 16!

Dear B,

16! WTF? Seriously, how did this happen? One minute you were my adorable baby taking all the cans out of the bottom cupboard and now you are getting ready to get your license!

However, it happened.... I am grateful for the fun we have together, the rides to swim practices and meets, our shopping trips and just hanging out in general. You are the most perceptive 16 year old I know. Actually your are more perceptive that many people 10 years older than you.

Surprisingly enough, you remind me a lot of me at your age. If I could tell my 16 year old self one thing it would be to relax a little. I was stressed all the time. It's much easier to enjoy things when you are not worrying about the next day, week or month. Take things one day or a few days at a time. Breathe. And don't ever forget that "you can do it", you are one amazing young lady. And yes, I said "young lady". I could have said, "young broad", but I think you need to be 18 before I call you a broad :)

I love you millions xoxo

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Days of NaBloPoMo



I am so proud of myself! Seriously! If I can't be proud of myself, who will? I am not saying everything I posted was Pulitzer Prize material, but I posted every day in November! Yay ME :)

Will I post every day in December? Um, no. But I will post, I have the writing bug again. It feels good to have to put words into sentences that make sense and tell somewhat of a story.

For the next few days, I will cart out Christmas decorations and put them up. I already feel that I am behind because tomorrow is December 1st!!! It's like a race to Christmas! And tomorrow begins HS winter sports season which means swimming and hockey start up. I can feel my blood pressure going up..... I also have to put the Christmas letter together. I usually make a poem or refurbish a song with our year and that doesn't come by snapping my fingers!

So, I may miss a few days this week posting, but I am thinking of you all and hope that you will just enjoy when I can get stuff into cohesive thoughts!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting and cheering me on this month. It is exactly what I needed!! Cheers to these lovely women and you! Yes, YOU!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014


A few years ago, B would dream about going on a Disney Cruise ship vacation. She would scour the website and plan our vacation. She would pick our dinners, our excursions and our rooms. We obviously had the best virtual vacations one could possibly have. This past April she finally had her dream come true and got to go on a Disney Cruise. She loved it! She especially loved the food and the stop at Castaway Cay.

I decided to make my dream vacation tonight. Because I was feeling generous, I included Bobby, the 4 kids and myself. I figured we may as well all have a great time in my fantasy. So with direct air fare from Boston and 2 rooms with all of our meals for one week, it will only cost us $26,377. AND 2 cents. One would figure if they charged you more than $26 THOUSAND DOLLARS, they would round down? You would probably wind up spending that extra $377.02 in tips!

I know that there are people in this world that have that kind of money and do not think twice about planning a vacation like this. I, however, (and pretty much all of my friends) do not have this kind of money. I do hope that if I do have some extra money like this some day, I would share.

Would you share?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day After Thanksgiving

Since I have been unconsciously wishing people Merry Christmas since yesterday instead of Happy Thanksgiving (what is wrong with me?), today was the day to organize before the Christmas decorations go up. Seriously, I clean and put things away to make room for Christmas. Do other people do this?

I have decided to take a break and check out what my friends are doing via my computer all while watching Frosty the Snowman. Yes, I am home alone and I am choosing to watch Frosty. Normal, right?

I love the "old" Christmas shows. Rudolph is my favorite. When I was little, I would draw all the characters while watching the show.

Charlie Brown Christmas comes in as a strong second. And the Christmas music that goes with it is my number one Christmas music.

I love the original Grinch much more than the new Grinch. I love Max the dog/reindeer.

Frosty is a good one. I always have thought that the girl Karen looks like my sister and I think I was a little jealous that she was Frosty's best friend.

So, I kicked off the season today by buying my first Christmas decoration instead of going Black Friday shopping. Yes, believe it or not: I DID NOT GO BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING TODAY. It still hurts a little to see it in print, but I am actually pretty ok with it.

Here's to adding some more decorations around this one!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Trotting

To start our Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot, various members of my family do the Turkey Trot in Chatham. We have been doing this for years! It is a great fundraiser for Lower Cape Outreach. You bring a bag of groceries and $15 and you are good to walk, run or race the 3 mile loop. Only 3 of us hit the pavement this morning, but we had fun! And we had worked off our dinner before we even had it!

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!